An alternative model for stapedectomy training in residency program: sheep cadaver ear
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To determine the usefulness of sheep cadaver ear as a complementary model for training of stapedectomy at residency programs, 2 of our 4 year residents were included in the study and each operated 20 sheep ears. All routine steps of stapedectomy operation were performed, and their success and complication scores were recorded. Performance of residents for stapedectomy and teflon piston placement in sheep ears were evaluated by the authors. Success of both residents improved progressively. Success and complications were impressively better in the second 10 ears than the initial 10 for each resident. Both residents had better outcomes in last 10 ears. Sheep cadaver ear is an excellent model for stapedectomy training in residency and helps to improve surgical skills. We offer sheep cadaver ear training model especially in the countries where obtaining human cadaver temporal bone is difficult.
KeywordsStapedectomy Residency Learning curve Sheep ear Animal model
Special thanks to S. Kenan Köse, PhD, for statistical analysis.
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